The Master's programme consists of modules totalling 90 credit points (CP) and the Master's thesis, which comprises 30 CP.
Of the required courses, modules totalling 44 CP are taken at Freie Universität Berlin:
Module: Geographical Information Processing for Advanced Students (10 CP)
Module: Ecosystem Dynamics (20 CP)
Module: Environmental Hydrogeology (6 CP)
Module: Weather and Climate Diagnosis (8 CP)
Of the elective courses, modules totalling 16 CP are taken at Freie Universität Berlin as follows:
1. Of the following two modules, one module totalling 6 CP must be chosen and completed:
a) Module: Landscape-Forming Processes and Material Flows (6 CP)
b) Module: Morphodynamics (6 CP)
2. Of the following modules, a student must choose and complete one module totalling 10 CP or two modules each totalling 5 CP:
a) Module: Modelling in Environmental Hydrology (10 CP)
b) Module: Landscape Archaeology (10 CP)
c) Module: Climate Models (5 CP)
d) Module: Environmental Hydrology in Practice (5 CP)
In the mandatory study period abroad, course units (CU) totalling 900 hours (30 CP) are completed at Nanjing University, China, as follows:
1. The CU Chinese language course totalling 300 hours (10 CP) must be completed.
2. A total of 5 CU from at least three different subject areas must be chosen and completed. Each CU totals 120 hours.
a) Subject area: Geography
b) Subject area: Ocean Environments
c) Subject area: Atmospheric Processes
d) Subject area: Earth Information Systems
Study abroad unit(s)
Studying at Nanjing University (China) for one semester is an integral part of the Master's curriculum and is scheduled for the second semester of the Master's programme. The coursework and exams during this study period abroad are part of the Master's programme.
The supervisors responsible for the Master's programme support students in their plans and preparations for studying abroad. They provide information about possible funding of travel and subsistence costs.
The Chinese Nanjing University will issue a separate certificate confirming the coursework completed in the course units studied at the Chinese Nanjing University.
Forms of assessment
Depending on the type of teaching and learning, there are different forms of assessment. The main types of teaching include lectures, seminars, reading courses, exercise courses, practical course, and colloquia. The assessment is based on active participation and written exams at the end of the semester. Active participation is assessed by regular attendance, contribution to discussions, completion of assignments, oral presentations, written reports, exercises with simulation programmes, and group work.
For more information, please refer to the study regulations for the double degree Master's programme in Environmental Earth Sciences, accessible via the programme's homepage:http://www.geo.fu-berlin.de/en/studium/Studiengaenge-FAQ/MSc_Env_Earth_Sc_FAQ/index.html
The graduates of the Master's programme will be able to familiarise themselves rapidly and independently with subject matter in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and to plan, implement and finalise process- and system-oriented projects using a goal-oriented approach. They will be familiar with the interrelations between the solid Earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere in terms of environmental science. They will have a comprehensive understanding of the processes within and between the various geospheres and be able to analyse and interpret them. They will have gained knowledge of fundamental and advanced geoscientific methods, including field methods, and be able to apply them. As a result of their study stay in China, graduates will possess knowledge of regional environmental systems and geoscientific processes.
They will acquire inter- and transdisciplinary abilities and skills to meet the challenges posed by complex environmental issues and problems. Graduates will be able to document and present their results clearly and to consider and evaluate their results critically. They will possess communication and teamwork skills and will be capable of responsible action and independent scientific work.
Graduates of the Master's programme will be qualified for professional employment or for doctoral studies. Possible employment positions and activity include work in government, associations, organisations, industry, NGOs, development agencies, engineering and geo-consulting, insurance companies, consultancy, administration, and politics. Graduates may work within the public sector, mainly in higher education and research establishments as well as with subject-related federal and regional authorities. International research establishments and organisations also provide various employment opportunities. The study period at the University of Nanjing and the regional competences they have acquired will open up fields of employment in China as well.